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L.A. council bans most official travel to Arizona

LA Times

Members, arguing that the new immigration law could lead to racial profiling, also vote to bar future city contracts with companies in that state.

Food-stamps-for-felons bill draws DeVore's ire

Contra Costa Times

An East Bay Assemblyman’s bill to let drug felons get food stamps after their release from prison passed the Assembly floor today, but not without taking some heat from a lawmaker seeking higher office.

Denver police lawsuit over getting paid to get dressed can proceed

Denver Post

A lawsuit over whether Denver police are being properly compensated, including a dispute over whether they should be paid for the time it takes to dress for work, can move forward to trial, a federal judge has ruled.

Traffic cameras divide nation's drivers

USA Today

Along the USA's streets and highways, one issue mirrors the nation's partisan divide: using cameras to catch drivers who speed or run red lights.

Former cop to race across America on hand cycle

CBS-2

She has completed marathon-length races in Boston and Los Angeles on her hand cycle and now plans to race across the continent in June.

Wanted: Technology to curb mobile phone use in prison

CNN

The campaign to rid our nation's prisons of cell phones went to the next level on Wednesday, with a call from the Department of Commerce for intel on devices that can get the situation under control.

State CalPERS cost $3.9 billion, up $600 million

Calpensions

The state contribution to CalPERS should increase to $3.9 billion in the new fiscal year beginning July 1, up $600 million from the current year, actuaries for the giant public pension fund calculate.

Ford holds tight to police market

Detroit News

Automaker's new offerings cater to cops' needs, wants

County readies for drastic cuts

LA Daily News

Los Angeles County officials should prepare for even more drastic budget cuts next year than they had expected after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger releases his revised state budget Friday, county CEO Bill Fujioka said Wednesday.

State budget woes grow deeper as rosy projections come up short

Sacramento Bee

Washington hasn't come to the rescue. Hopes for a tax windfall were dashed last month.

Illegal Immigrants and the Arizona Law

National Review

Anyone who knows how the police actually work would not be afraid of the Arizona law.

Faulty metal detectors at L.A. County jail put deputies at risk, sheriff's officials say

LA Times

Of seven scanners at the facility in downtown Los Angeles, which houses about 4,000 inmates, many aren't operational, the jail's chief says. But an agency spokesman says security hasn't been compromised.

Four cities report more murders in 2010

USA Today

Crime is dropping throughout much of the country, but statistics show that one category of violence is bucking the trend: murder.

L.A. layoffs could cost the city more than $32 million

LA Times

Under contracts negotiated last year, layoffs would trigger two raises in the coming fiscal year for union coalition workers.

Schwarzenegger spokesman: Budget to contain 'absolutely terrible cuts'

LA Times

Talk about downplaying expectations.

Top policy analyst for Los Angeles City Council calls for 1,000 more job cuts

LA Times blog

The budget roller coaster at Los Angeles City Hall took another sharp turn on Tuesday, with the City Council’s top policy analyst calling for the elimination of 1,000 jobs on top of the 761 targeted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in his proposed annual budget.

ATF posts 2009 Los Angeles crime gun data

ATF Press Release

John Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announces the release of aggregate trace data for crime guns recovered in Los Angeles and submitted to ATF for tracing for calendar year 2009.

Number of Murders this Year in L.A. Top 100

LAist

The number of murders within Los Angeles city limits has tipped 100, which has some wondering if crime is up or not.

Deep cuts likely in updated state budget

San Francisco Chronicle

The state budget crisis has been quiet for the past few months but will return to center stage this week as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to belt out some bad news.

FBI releases preliminary statistics for law enforcement officers killed in 2009

FBI Press Release

According to preliminary statistics released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 48 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty during 2009.

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